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we had an issue where we had students that are dominating that did fairly well in public school. we realized we needed to reach out to students that are not taking the initiative themselves to take advantage of these opportunities. i'm curious how we can be more helpful for the puc in this type of outrage. >> -- out reached. >> we tend to have great student engineers from all over the country because we want to bring in the best and brightest to work for us. on the other hand, on the garden project, we set aside a big chunk of that specifically for the bayview. we do it in different ways to make sure that we can include people. we haven't putting community benefit requirements in our -- we have been putting community benefit requirements in our
sewer service projects. we have been talking about not just building a project and leaving, but how you build that into the educational system, offered jobs locally, buy locally. we really want to make a difference. we really do value public art, but we want to make sure that the money we have to put aside for that in our capital programs is community focussed and community-based, and that we are providing jobs for people in the arts community, not just construction jobs. the air and agricultural i -- private program, we are working with the city administrator's office to coordinate that in terms of urban africa poulter. the southeast of energy facility was built as an expansion of the southeast water treatment plant. two years ago, most of all did not even know we had anything to do with it. we are trying to make that into a real resourced for the neighborhood. we have been working with the commission and the people in the
southeast community to see what services they do what and how we can offer that collectively through the community college system and make that a revitalized community center. the contractors assistance program is a place for people that are particularly small contractors and they can come in and say, what are my opportunities with the puc, and with the view -- the dpw. they can learn how to apply for city jobs and city programs to make sure that they have jobs that can go to smaller companies. they can find out what those jobs are and have access to it. drinking water taps stations in san francisco public schools, you now have to have clean water near where all of the students eat. there is a major effort going to the school's next year to have water taps at the level with
clean water to all of the students. the components of the energy efficiency programs are working with green to make sure that as we spend this money, we spend it well. and that we have the benefit of spending it, not just that we have energy efficiency. the last slide i have is slide 12. chairperson chu: before you go into that, supervisor avalos. supervisor avalos: redevelopment was founded around job readiness, about removing barriers to employment. i would like to explore the possibility of puc helping to cover some of those costs, especially as we are preparing work force members to enter puc projects to help, perhaps, not replace the loss of funding. we need to be sure we're moving
forward on projects with local residents. >> we would be happy to work with you to make sure that all of the money is going to the right opportunities. supervisor avalos: thank you. >> on local access accomplishments, we are in compliance with local asset -- local assets -- local access ordnances. many come to the program right now, some directly, but they also come to our people input -- in customer service. not a lot of response is this last year, so we are still reaching out to asking what we can do better for those who need his services. we have translated all are important birchers into -- brochures and signage into spanish and chinese. when we're talking about grease traps and wastewater, we need to make sure that all of our people say the same kind of words is so
we do not confuse people when we're talking about the needs and services we have. we have developed a complaint form. i believe we have got one complaint, which was a translation of a brochure that we have, but that was all. we have transformed it into a workshop -- we have translated for workshops. we believe we can always do better in that area as well. >> there may be a lot of words for grease in spanish, too. >> and some are good and some are not so good. we are here to answer questions. our leadership team from the puc is ready and willing to answer questions. chairperson chu: before we go to the budget analyst support -- budget analyst report, which is specific to your budget, one of the things we wanted to go through or the bonds that are being proposed.
items four through 10, one of them is actually a release of reserved. i wanted the puc to go through that. perhaps, we can go to the budget analyst to talk through the budget as a whole and that we will talk to those items. primarily because i want to understand the relationship between the preparation and the sale. i want to understand the potential impact on these items and what the plans are for spending. there's not a lot of detail in the report about it. supervisor cohen, did you have a question? supervisor cohen: i just want to publicly go on record to acknowledge the right -- the importance of the project to the south eastern neighborhoods. i have spent a large part of last year, as well as this year,
getting better educated on the technologies available when it comes to waste water treatment plant and the management of plants of that nature, and what san francisco is in store for. it is very exciting. i also know you will be spending some time going to your commission and beginning to create a pathway for this project to move forward. i just want to encourage you to do this quickly and as sufficiently as possible. it is very critical to the neighbors, particularly those in the surrounding area that have grown accustomed to smelling the output of the treatment plant. thank you. >> thank you, supervisor, for being understanding. we realize it is not the nicest thing for a neighbor to do. we will be having a lot of hearings in june and july so that people can check our web site. chairperson chu: on the summer youth programs, we heard from a
number of departments yesterday about the opportunities they that -- they provide. and the different ways they partner with non-profit organizations and schools, etc. it is often confusing and not so centralized for residents to find out what the opportunities are. i think the mayor had announced for this summer a 5000 summer youth employment job opportunity goal. i think that includes all of the department opportunities as well. are you putting your links and opportunities through that same portal so that people have a bird's-eye view of what opportunities are available to them rather than saying, let me go to the puc or to the airport to look for those opportunities? >> i believe they are. let me turn it over to the founder of project kolk. -- project pull.
>> we have been partnering with the youth. we have been trying to coordinate with used works -- youth works with our program. the part of the problem is that we need more mentors to participate, so there's more opportunity to have replacement. we have been working with the unified school district to identify resources of that we can replace them. chairperson chu: we are making sure that we are listing the opportunities of the puc said that people can access a share portal for all departments, correct? >> correct. chairperson chu: supervisor cohen? supervisor cohen: i wanted to recharge you a little bit and they know that we have a growing
database of young people that have either come in or have seen in community office hours -- our paths have crossed and we are certainly working. if there is any other information like collateral or a brochure or other information that you have, i would appreciate you bring me by the officer we can continue to you out reached on a weekly basis. >> we will definitely come by and give you the information so that if anyone comes by, you can't point them in the right direction. -- you can point them in the right direction. chairperson chu: thank you. supervisor wiener. supervisor weiner: week finally closed the city works work force position.
we have worked to make this a one-stop so people can't find the information easier. -- can find the information easier. >> you mentioned the street lights. i know we are doing the street by a hearing on june 4th. i do not want to do it now. but compared to the sewer system and a water system, the street lights are significant, but significantly smaller than the other capital needs. that is why it is a little bit perplexing sometimes that our street light system is in such bad shape. i know that pg&e controls a lot
of it, so it is outside of puc's control a lot. busey a light at the end of the tunnel -- do you see a light at the end of the tunnel in getting the street lights didn't care so they are not falling apart, like some of our street lights -- getting taken care of so they are not falling apart, like some of our streets might actually are? or will be focused on pedestrians rather than just exclusively writing -- like team that roadway for cars. -- like in the roadway for cars. -- lighting the roadway for cars. but the amount of money that we could spend be to upgrade all of the roads over two years. the other thing would be to walk in and have 1¢ rate increases.
that is now allowing us to do binding and that will find it street lights. the ability to do it will be better generally over time. we have the ability to do upgrades on the l.e.d. street lighting. we also have miscellaneous street light repairs and the bus rapid transit on van ness. those will go a long way to change the problem areas on street lights. about half of them are owned by just pg&e. the pedestrian lighting is a particular issue because the lights were often designed for street lighting. they were designed without as many trees there. they sometimes do not like the sidewalks -- light of the sidewalks as much as people would like. and in many cases, people do not want them shining in their
windows. that will be the discussion for us in the future. one of the nice things about the l.e.d. lights is that you can remotely increase the capacity. you can work with people much easier than with the current lights that we have. they are not designed for low level pedestrian writing under trees. >> i do want to reiterate this, and i know that we are on the same page, the need for long- term infrastructure. in one district there is literally? tape -- there is literally duct tape holding things together and it is very jarring and disheartening. and they are not puc lights. >> there are some lights that are like your old-fashioned
christmas tree lights, when one goes out the although out. mize understanding is that pg&e is putting money aside to upgrade those. we have more money in the last two years budgeted for street lights that we have had in the last 30 years. we are paying attention to it. chairperson chu: now why do we go to mr. rose and report? hold on, we have a lot of questions. mr. rose? >> madam chair and members of the committee, you mentioned the other items on the calendar. just for the record, we have reported on those items, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and are recommending approval. we are here to answer questions if you have any specific questions regarding those items. we are in agreement with what mr. harrington stated on the puc
on the specific line items in the budget. if you look on page 10 of our report where we stated that we are recommending reductions, and these are shown on the pages 13-17 of our report, a total of $2 million. we have revised that down to $two million two ordered $23,017. -- where we have previously recommended 2 million to a moderate $48,000, we are revising that down. -- $2,248,000, we are revising
that down. on page 14, and the middle of the page, we are adding to that in government and public affairs manager. instead of that ad-john, we would recommend a manager -- add-on, we would recommend a manager to that. it would now become 20 four thousand dollars. and for 2013-14, where it says 28,000 two hundred $95, it would be $25,206. that is the first change. on page 16, toward the middle to the bottom of the page, on maintenance, services, buildings and structures, where we had
been recommending a reduction of $220,000, our recommendation now is $100,000 for both fiscal years. the number in the second column will become $304394. and on page 17 at the top of the page for maintenance, services, buildings and structures, we are now recommending a reduction of two hundred thousand dollars for that line item -- $200,000 for that item and that would be for both fiscal years. and finally on page 17, on professional and specialized services, we continue to make a reduction a $200,000. however
, we are now making a recommendation that it be a continual reduction, not -- a onetime reduction, not an ongoing reduction. those are our changes. we will be happy to respond to questions. chairperson chu: could you repeat for fiscal year 2012-13 with the total recommended is now? >> it was $2,596,000 and is now $2,073,00. chairperson chu: what we go to the capital budget projects as well as the sales. the reason why these are more important for me to review more
closely is that there are a few that are voter approval. there are some that are not sf voter approval. these are those that have to be approved or issued by a supermajority in order to change and fix the sewer system. we are simply fixing and repairing our existing infrastructure. however, i think we do need to scrutinize its because we do need to understand these are not items that went before the board before. these are not large components of future bond issuances. they're having a significant impact. it looks like the rate repairs will double in current -- in terms of the current charges. that is not insignificant to households. that is why i want to not gloss over these items. they are huge. if you look at some of them,
they are half a billion dollars worth of infrastructure work. this is not something that we should just skip. i wonder if the puc could address those items, four through nine in particular for the bond issuances, and then we can talk a little bit more separately about that. item four is connected to item 9, 6 is connected to item eight, and five is connected to item seven. but they are not necessarily the end -- same amounts. my inclination is perhaps we take a look at the initial review about it. it is not actually doing some of the sewer repair work yet. it is how we will lay the framework for a potential $600 billion project. however, i wonder if we might reserve the appropriation authority to understand better what the picture will look like.
>> i will ask todd, the cfo, to talk about that. >> thank you for the opportunity. when voters told us to upgrade the water supply system, they told us we have to do a high level of reporting for any bond level they have given to the public utilities commission. are heightened lovell of approval was for that every time we ask for bond funding and every document in every bond sale has to come before 3 oversight bodies -- before the commissioner -- for the commission, the board of supervisors, as well as the charter mandated revenue oversight committee. after all three of those reviews, we need a super majority of supervisors. the improvements to our system,
many of which last from 75 to 100 years, one could say it is most equitable to ratepayers to smooth out the pavement over the useful life. the closest way we can do that is to issue long-term bonds which have been incredibly low cost financing which has ultimately saved their ratepayers money. absent being able to sell bonds, we would have to pay everything in cash. that's just not possible. we went through the graphic that showed our stores are 85 to 90 years old now and they only get older with each passing year. what is before you as to compliments. one is the detail in the capital budget and in the companion documents for bond opposition. the bond authorization to are going to be his smaller numbers because we try to pay cash for what we can pay cash for
because it's usually the least expensive for ratepayers. the authorizations include financing costs and total $163 million for water, $523 million for waste water, and $12.3 million for power. i will walk you thru the details that is the water enterprise. at the top of this page, you can see our request includes $87 million for fiscal years 12--- for fiscal year 12-13. in addition to the heightened oversight requirements, they required us to do a 10-year plan both financially+ capital. we take everything we have for
capital need and translate that to our average rate payer. as policy makers, we are one of the only utilities in the country that will tell us what you need. we will also tell you what it means for the average san francisco ratepayer for a water bill and sewer bill and that's unique in this country and something we lead the trend on. in the case of the water department, you can see the investment over the next couple of years is a water main replacement as well as a regional pipeline and treatment upgrades not included in the water program. the majority of that at the bottom of the page, you can see how we pay for it was operating revenues -- are cash funded program. because those assets are long lived and will benefit
ratepayers in our generation as well as our children and grandchildren, we looked at doing long-term bonds. at the beginning of the meeting, it was mentioned that we were able to sell bonds at an average rate of 4.2%. that is really important because average cost if we were to defer capital typically goes up 5% because of the price of concrete. whenever we can do the work and create the jobs now and do it more cheaply at a savings to the ratepayers, that's the best of all possibilities. that would be a summary of the water department. >> that pertains to item number five, an appropriation worth $171 million in capital work and the sale of bonds worth about $163 million. then there is basically the cash
component? >> right. i have highlighted to rose here because that is a general obligation bond funded program that comes before you separately in a few weeks. >> the expenditures is primarily for water main replacement work -- that was the water component not funded to the voters approve program? >> that is correct. we have about 1,215 miles of water mains going beneath the street. we think we need to replace 15 miles per year. we have some very old pipes. some are in very good condition, so we always make sure we do condition assessments and repair the ones that need it the most. we try to do the water and sewer replacement at the same time so the street is only dug up once. supervisor chu: at the current rate, we are only funding about
6 miles a year? this gets us to 15 miles a year? >> it ramps up to 15 miles in 2015. if you look specifically at two years, we would ramp up to about 14 miles in 2014 and 15 miles in the next year. >>supervisor chu: how do we geto that? >> we look at where they are and the failure rate and that is what we think we would need to do it over the next 10 to 15 years. water pipes and sewer pipes are typically of similar age to the neighborhoods that develop in san francisco. as we develop new neighborhoods, a lot of infrastructure went in there and that is the typical average age of those pipes.
what needs to be done now gets us to 15 miles a year and we think that's the best practice in our industry. if i may go on to waste water -- waste water is where we will have a lot of need for investment over the next 20 years. in particular, the source improvement program which you heard a lot about, if we tried to size it today, we would think it cost about $4 billion. but inflation happens over 20 years. depending on how we do this improvements, it could reach as much as $7 billion once construction cost goes up over time. the proven, a media needs for design, as well as the immediate investment for the design, as well as the immediate investment for the